“Before Everything Became Automatic”

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I’m working on my next magazine issue, but I wanted to share Miranda Lambert’s new song, which speaks to some of my preoccupations here at God and the Machine. One of the constants in country music–both classic and Top 40–is nostalgia: a yearning for a lost past. It’s a profoundly conservative, deeply Christian sensibility. It’s [Read More...]

All This Machinery Making Modern Music

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As an old progressive rock fan, I don’t have any problems with machines making music. If you want to get technical about it, most instruments are machines, so adding new technology doesn’t change things too much. How does a robot band change the equation? Look and listen for yourself. This is Z-Machines: And here’s Compressorhead [Read More...]

The Craic [App o the Mornin']

I took this week off from the App o’ so I could focus on putting the June issue of my magazine to bed. When the App returns next week, it’s going to be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There just doesn’t seem to be the interest in it to maintain a daily feature covering any [Read More...]

Blind Willie Johnson: “Soul of a Man”

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The trailer for Son of God is making the rounds, and it includes a modern version of an old song by blues legend Blind Willie Johnson. You really should listen to more Blind Willie. Here’s the trailer: And here’s the new version in its entirety: It’s a not a bad cover: a little overwrought (why [Read More...]

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible Music Machine for the First Time

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Leonardo da Vinci sketched, but never built, this mechanical marvel, blending elements of harpsichord and viola to create something so far ahead of its time it was never built. Until now: Called a “viola organista”’ and looking like a steampunk baby grand, it’s been built by a Polish pianist and mechanic named Slawomir Zubrzycki. As [Read More...]

Hear The Oldest Surviving Song

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The Seikilos epitaph is the oldest compete surviving song discovered to date.  It comes from marble memorial pilla (stele) found in Tralleis, near Ephesus. and dating to the 1st or 2nd cenutry AD. This means that it captures words and music from the vicinity of the earliest Christian communities. The text is not Christian, but records [Read More...]

A Bluegrass Legend Regains His Voice

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Tony Rice is giant in bluegrass music, as famous for his innovative guitar picking as for his voice: clear and strong and high, like a bluegrass voice should be. If you want to know what this means, here’s a taste: That’s how it’s done, folks. Tony has been through tragedy, and 19 years ago his [Read More...]

Try Some French Accordion Music! You’ll Like It!

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Gaga? Beliebers? One Dimension [sic]? That Chick From That Disney Show Who’s Now a Complete Tart? They’re all history, man.  The youth are abandoning them in droves because they know what all sensible people should know: music comes from the heart, not the boardroom. It’s not a commodity to be processed, auto-tuned, packaged, and pimped [Read More...]


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